Used lead acid batteries are classified as a dangerous good in the “Australian Code for Transportation of Dangerous Goods by road and rail” (ADGC). When transporting Dangerous Goods (DG) the ADGC has specific requirements for describing the type and quantity of DG in the transport documentation. Instructions on these requirements for used lead acid batteries are found below with particular reference to transporting them in Battery Rescue’s BTS Containers.
Dangerous Goods Documentation Requirements
Particular requirements of the ADGC DG Documentation for the Consignor, include:
- The documentation must be carried in the vehicle in hard copy form
- The documentation must include the name and address of the consignor, consignee, including the consignor’s contact telephone number
The following information must be included to describe the the dangerous good type and quantity:
- UN Number – UN2794
- Proper Shipping Name – BATTERIES, WET, FILLED WITH ACID, electric storage
- DG Class – 8
- Packing Group – is not applicable as batteries are defined as Articles in the ADGC
- Description of Packages – i.e. Pallet, Bulk Bin, IBC
- The number of each type of package
- The Gross Aggregate Quantity of Dangerous Good*
* For wet, lead acid batteries, (UN2794), it is the acid volume contained in the batteries that is used to define the aggregate quantity of dangerous goods in the load. If the acid volume is not known, usually the case for used batteries, a nominal figure of 25% of the gross weight of the batteries may be used- ADGC Special Provision, AU08
For example If transporting a single BTS Container with 1000kg of used lead acid batteries, then your DG description would appear as shown below.
|UN No.||Proper Shipping Name||Class||Packing Group||Type of Packaging||No of Packages||Gross Aggregate Qty|
|UN2794||BATTERIES, WET, FILLED WITH ACID, electric storage||8||N/A||Plastic Box||1||250L|
Below is an example using Centurion Transport’s portal for generating your consignment and shipping labels. In this example we are wanting to ship 2 BTS Containers one weighing 1050kg and the other 1150kg. The combined gross weight is 2,200kg, and the net weight of batteries 2,000kg (deduct 100kg for the each BTS Container). Note the weight has been entered as an average 1,100kg each container, to give us the total gross weight of 2,200kg.
For the Quantity field an estimate of the number of batteries is made, in this case 60 (30 for each container). Using the ADGC SP AU08 25% rule the Total Volume of DG (acid) would be 500L (25% of 2000kg) and the Unit of Measurement (UoM) set to Litres.
Many mining companies will generate the DG documentation using their Transport Provider’s portal, however if this isn’t an option you can download a word template here.
Other Transport Information
When transporting Battery Rescue’s BTS Containers, the following additional information will also be required for your transportation documentation.
- The dimensions of the container – 110W x 105D x 126H cm
- Gross weight of the container – this will be the weight of the batteries plus 100kg for the BTS Container. For some mine sites and regional sites their facilities for weighing outward goods may be limited. In this instance it may be acceptable to estimate the weight, which for a full BTS container is approximately 1000kg.
- Specify the return address as:
Battery Rescue c/- ASB
7 Winchester Rd
Bibra Lake 6163
Attn: Jacob Mills
Mb: 0416 612 867